Editor’s Statement

KATIE LAU (M.Arch I 2020) and SETH THOMPSON (M.Arch I 2020) We students of architecture devote the majority of our time, energy, and money to the pursuit of qualification. What, in the end, makes us particularly qualified? A degree? A Yale degree? A license? And what then? Qualified to do what? […]

Conversation with Assemble

AMICA DALL and JOE HALLIGAN (Assemble)   Paprika!: When you start a project with a new community, like the Granby project, how do you make the residents and community groups feel that a project is possible? How do you make them feel like they’re investing their time and labor into something […]

Employability and Professional Practice

KEEFER DUNN, on behalf of the Architecture Lobby Keefer is an architect, adjunct professor at IIT, and a national organizer for the Architecture Lobby. The student contemplating how to move forward and make a living in the profession has an almost impossible task. In the corporate spheres, stable employment and working […]

Conversation with Phillip Bernstein

PHILLIP BERNSTEIN (FAIA and Lecturer at YSoA)   Paprika!: Can you speak more about your response to Aaron Betsky’s recent article in the Journal of the AIA “‘Architect’ Goes to Jail, World Shrugs”? Betsky claims that as a fake architect, Paul Newman created work that was “neither better nor worse […]

Unqualified Hoosier Seeks Same

CAITLIN QUA (Indiana University MA in Arts Administration 2019) I am starting to think that preaching conscious unqualification might be the hill I die on. I spent four years of my undergrad digging into art history and gender theory—and I lived every day looking people in the eyes and willing […]

Public Survey

In an effort to include additional viewpoints in our discussion of architecture, Paprika! asked Yale students in the Woolsey Hall Rotunda for their opinions on three famous works of architecture: Villa Savoye, Hollyhock House, and Vanna Venturi House. We only gave background information when asked, and we assured students that […]

Email Q+A with Lateral Office

LOLA SHEPPARD and MASON WHITE (Partners, Lateral Office) P!: Do you feel that the value and expertise of architects are changing or should change? LS: We have been interested in expanding the agency of architecture by, among other things, redefining at what point the architect might get involved in the design […]

An Unqualified Urbanism

DAVID SCHAENGOLD (M. Arch I 2020) Writing about slum urbanism, even if celebratory, tends to emphasize the fractured, chaotic nature of the physical environment of slums, as if they were mere splinters of the ordered whole of modern life. I suggest instead that the slums possess a distinct autonomous order […]

Differentiate Architecture, Don’t Diversify It

MARTIN MAN (M.Arch I 2019) Earlier this month, Dean Berke updated students on the ongoing process of YSoA’s strategic planning. Presenting the general agenda set for the school in the coming years, she highlighted diversity as a prime focus. But forthcoming efforts to bring in diverse faculty and students must […]

Conversation with Caitlin Baiada on the Middle School Teaching Program

CAITLIN BAIADA (M.Arch I 2018) P!: Can you start by explaining the background of the teaching program? Caitlin: The teaching program grew out of the Building Project as a way to reach out to the community and engage with both adults and children. Our first year, we taught 7th graders […]

Journey of the Century

ALEJANDRO DURAN (M.Arch I 2019) In cycling, a century is a ride of at least 100 miles. A cyclist trains for months before tackling a century, slowly building up their endurance to the point where they can ride the full distance without stopping. A century is, ostensibly, no feat for […]

The Uncredentialed in Silicon Valley

SETH THOMPSON (M.Arch I, 2020) In unpacking the mythology of Silicon Valley—fertile land of startups, software, and standing desks—the most enduring archetype seems to be that of the college-dropout self-taught hacker. In certain circles, an active profile on the coding platform GitHub can carry more weight than a degree from […]

On The Ground

MICHELLE BADR (M.Arch I, ‘20), MELINDA AGRON, MENGI LI, MARTIN MAN, LIWEI WANG (M.Arch I, ‘19), AZZA ABOU ALAM, DAVID LANGDON, MICHAEL LOYA, MEGHAN ROYSTER, PIERRE THATCH (M.Arch I, ‘18), RADHIKA SINGH (M.Arch II ‘18), JONATHAN HOPKINS (MED ‘19), ZACHARIAH MICHIELLI (PhD)   11/9 The 50th Anniversary MED Symposium, “Environment, […]